Imbali Safari Lodge
Observe and enjoy one of South Africa’s most renowned wildlife experiences at Imbali Safari Lodge, nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in the iconic Kruger National Park.
Min 2 night stays applicable on the weekend – Friday & Saturday night
Min 3 night stays applicable over long weekends & peak period
|04/01/17 – 14/12/17||Single||Sharing||Children: 6-11yrs|
|Standard Room||R 5600.00||R 3900.00||R 1930.00|
Special offers: bookable 60 days or less prior to arrival
Block out dates: Peak Period: 15/12/17 – 31/12/17
|04/01/17 – 14/12/17||Single||Sharing||Children: 6-11yrs|
|Standard Room||R 5000.00||R 3500.00||R 1730.00|
Peak period – minimum 3 night stay
|15/12/17 – 31/12/17||Single||Sharing||Children: 6-11yrs|
|Standard Room||R 5800.00||R 4200.00||R 2088.00|
You won’t need to leave the comfort of Imbali’s deck to see Kruger’s creatures stake their claim over their humble patch: the striking Golden Orb spider spinning her impenetrable web, Burchell’s starlings bravely pecking at a wayward cobra and squirrels dashing past with their tasty tidbits.
Sheltered in a riverine forest overlooking the seasonal Nwaswitsontso river, Imbali is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement that has yielded such evidence of an ancient culture as clay pots, bone tools and grinding stones.
Plush leather sofas, African patterned tapestries and traditional artifacts fight for their place of pride amidst thatched Tsonga roofs, stone columns and the odd tree that emerges unapologetically through the teak deck; an impressive Jackalberry keeping diners company as it rises through the lodge’s floor and peeps well out over the Tsonga-styled thatched roof.
Nothing gets in the way of Kruger’s creatures at Imbali. The humble dung beetle is left to his day’s work on neatly raked pathways, the skittish francolins shriek in protest to occasional distractions while tiny frogs play peacefully in the lodge’s infinity pool.
Continuing in the spirit in which the Kruger National Park was created, Imbali acts as a sanctuary for the bush’s creatures, great and small, and is in fact your very own bush sanctuary for the duration of your special Kruger National Park stay.
Highlights a Imbali include:
- Luxurious suites with private plunge pool
- Children from the age of 6 years are welcome and will enjoy a special kiddies safari
- A well situated waterhole attracts a great variety of animals
- Separate Victorian bath and walk in shower create the essence of luxury in the bathroom
- Guided bush walks with experienced guides
- 10,000 hectare concession within the Kruger National Park
Facilities at Imbali include:
Welcome drinks on arrival. No cell phone reception and limited land lines, Internet facilities at the main lodge
Swimming pool. Spa treatments available in the privacy of your room at an additional charge.
Safaris in 4 x 4 vehicles, bird watching, self drive in the Kruger National Park, guided safari walks by prior arrangement
The camp is situated in a Malaria area. Gate entry fees are applicable and are charged per person per stay. Please Kruger Gate Times:
05h30 – 18h30 – January, February, November & December l 05h30 – 18h00 – March & October
06h00 – 18h00 – April, August & September l 06h00 – 17h30 – May, June & July
All guests must enter at Orpen Gate a minimum of 1.5 Hours and Paul Kruger Gate 3 hours before gate closure. PLEASE NOTE: If guests
are not in time at the respective gates, they will not be permitted to enter the park and they will have to find alternative accommodation
for that night.
Accommodation at Imbali
All 12 private suites have their own private plunge pool, large king beds and a romantic antique-styled bath en-suite. Telephones in
rooms, mosquito nets and air conditioner. Children 6 years and older are welcome. Maximum 2 children under 12 years may share with
parents. Extra camp beds are available for young children to share with parents. Children 6 – 12 years are only permitted on game drive at management discretion.
The water at the lodge is safe to drink, however, for your convenience we also provide complimentary bottled water in the suites.
As the lodge does not have fences, it is not advisable to walk around alone after dark. Our guides will escort you to and from dinner.
A day in the life at Imbali
Kick-start your day before the sun rises, dunking a homemade rusk into a steamy cup of coffee before setting off on your morning safari with your assigned ranger.
Watch as the bush awakens around you; the dew glistens on the webs of the Golden Orb spider and Lilac Breasted Rollers flash their startling sky-blue bellies as they flit past your game vehicle.
See wild dogs laze under the Acacia trees and elephants leave their distinct trail as they chomp through the bush at a leisurely pace. Steal a glance at the leopard eating its prey high up in an old Tamboti tree, zebra foraging alongside large herds of wildebeest and impala flashing their characteristic ‘M’ as they disappear in to the thick brush.
Enjoy an extensive cold and hot buffet breakfast in Imbali Safari Lodge’s comfortable dining room; an impressive Jackalberry rising right through the deck of the dining room and the Tsonga-styled thatched roof. Then retire to your room and relax, laze at the crystal-clear infinity pool or request a bush walk for an up-close encounter with the Kruger.
Lunch is a relaxed, informal affair. Served on the deck with beautiful views of the surrounding bushveld and the Nwaswitsontso River, guests are treated to light salads and tasty desserts before retiring to their rooms for an afternoon siesta.
Afternoon tea, served on the deck, heralds the imminent departure of your special evening safari through the Mluwati Concession. Spot a pride of lazy lions lounging casually in the tall grass and the associated warning call of nature’s tattletales, the Grey Loerie, as they inform the surrounding species of impending danger.
Sip a sundowner G&T as you watch the sky turn from the brilliance of an African sunset to a bright band of stars; the persistent call of frogs, owls and nightjars accompanying you back to Imbali Safari Lodge for a romantic dinner on the deck, a canopy of stars watching over you.
Rates are quoted per person per night and are inclusive of accommodation, three meals, local beverages (soft drinks, water, beer, selected wines and spirits), two game activities and VAT at 14%
Rates exclude: Transfers, premium brand drinks and gate entry fees which are currently R76.00 per person per stay, subject to change
Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the lodge. 6 – 12 years are permitted on game drives only at management discretion.
6 – 11 years of age
Pay published child rate when sharing with two full paying adults
Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room or if sharing with one full paying adult
A maximum of two children under 12 years can share with parents
12 years and older considered as adults and accommodated in their own rooms. Pay full adult rates.
Not applicable, rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years